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What is VOD TV (Video on Demand Television)
Video on demand is a programming system which allows users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content such as movies and TV shows whenever they choose, rather than at a scheduled broadcast time, the method that prevailed with over-the-air programming during the 20th century. IPTV technology is commonly used to bring VOD to televisions and personal computers.
Television VOD systems can stream content through either a set-top box, a computer or other device, allowing viewing in real time, or download it to a device such as a computer, digital video recorder (also called a personal video recorder) or portable media player for viewing at any time. The majority of cable- and telephone company-based television providers offer: VOD streaming, whereby a user selects a video program and it begins to play immediately on the television set.
What is Roku TV?
The Roku is a streaming media player, which means it lets you watch videos, listen to music, play games, and use other types of apps from the Internet on your TV.
The Roku comes in five models: The Express and Express+ are the basic models, with the Plus version also supporting TVs that don’t have HDMI ports. The Streaming Stick and Stick Plus have higher wireless specs and some additional features like voice search through the remote, with the Plus also supporting 4K and HDR video. The Ultra model has the same specs as the sticks, but many additional features including an Ethernet connection, a micro SD slot for additional storage, a USB port for content on external drives, gaming buttons and a remote finder.
To set up any one of the players, simply plug it into an HDMI port on your TV (or A/V port for the Express+ if desired) and use the included remote to follow the on-screen instructions to connect to the Internet and select the apps you want.
NOTE: In addition to the Roku players, you can also get televisions, manufactured by other companies, that have Roku capabilities built into them. Their on-screen interface is basically the same as the players’, with a few extra boxes for the various inputs (HDMI, A/V, cable, antenna). The available features vary based on the manufacturer and model.